Friday, February 28, 2014

A Watercolor of Turkish Seas

Bodrum, Turkey at Night
15.5"w x 8.5"h
watercolor on paper

Posting Sunsets During Sunsets, Take 2

Rim Drive
16"h x 9"w
watercolor on paper

I tried to focus on painting a moment in time instead of a sunset, 
hence the car lights coming around the bend and the stars.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Monoprinting Learning Curves, II

Armed with a spray bottle of water, an acrylic plate (9.5" x 6.75"), 
a little more instruction and determination I gave monoprinting another go.

The results are round two weren't all a success.  I continued to 
struggle with the paint drying to fast despite having switched to oil paints.
Adding linseed oil to the paint seemed to help.  It made the paint brush onto
the template much smoother, but I think I was happier using acrylic.
Spraying the paper with water was also helpful during the transfer process.

9.5"w x 6.75"h
oil paint monoprint on bristol board

Stairwell 2
6.75"w x 9.5"h
oil paint monoprint on bristol board

Cave Drippings
9.5"w x 6.75"h
oil paint monoprint on bristol board

Cave Drippings 2
9.5"w x 6.75"h
oil paint monoprint on bristol board
(a two print process: the lighter drippings first, the black background second)

Cave Textures
6.75"w x 9.5"h
oil paint monoprint on bristol board

I headed over to Arlene's Art Supply after this to get acrylic retarder, which
will greatly slow the paints drying time and some gesso to make for an 
even smoother transfer.  I'm hoping for better results with my next round.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monoprinting Learning Curves, I

17"h x 14"w
acrylic on bristol board

I used a piece of bristol board to print from and after two other prints 
I was left with this template.  The paper was beginning to peel around
the edges of the dark shape because I didn't use water.

Monoprinting is hard and technical.  I want to know more!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Productivity at the Residency

18"h x 11"w
watercolor on paper

A Norman Rockwell Tribute

Driving down 4th Avenue in the middle of a freak snow storm, doing 15 mph through the narrow city streets when I see this to my right.  Of course I had to stop and take some pictures..

After a little research, I decided to do a tribute to Norman Rockwell and paint the scene of today.

The Street Was Never the Same
Rockwell was commissioned by Ford Motor Company in 1952.

Today's view and one of the many photographs I worked from.
Of course it's different but amazing it's not that different after all these years.

( of yet)
12"w x 11"h
watercolor on paper

I tried to capture all the details and ask myself, 
"What would Norman paint?"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Stained Glass Inspirations

 The Woodside Church is filled with beautifully preserved stained glass which I can't help but be inspired by. As much as my goal is to stick to painting from photographs that I took out in Oregon, it's impossible not to mix it up when these two stained glass masterpieces are the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning.

Morning Windows
13.5"w x 10"h
watercolor on paper

And some more inspiration...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Snow Castles

Contemporary Arts Center, Troy, NY
Maybe you've seen my Facebook posts and wonder why I'm sleeping in a bed made of pews?  Or have I told you I'm staying in the church on the hill near Hudson Valley and you have no idea why I would be do that? Maybe this is all news to you, but regardless of how it stands, reader, I'm here to tell you what I'm doing!

I am on a 2 week art residency at the Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside in Troy, NY.  I'm living in that building on the right you see in this first photograph and I'm making art.  I am not taking classes, although I am subjecting my works to a weekly critique, and I am not bound by any constraints or rules, although I did make a proposal to get accepted and would like to stick with the original goals.  It is an uninterrupted time to work on artwork and be inspired by the other artists working around you.  Which as you can see resulted in some monoprinting which I posted about in the previous post.

The grounds are snow crusted and dripping with ice sickles as the weather warms.  It is set back on what is considered "Old Mill Road.", a cobble stone version of it's descendent, Mill Road, which loops up the hill towards the community college.  

exhibition space-Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside, Troy, NY

dorms and studios-Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside, Troy, NY

mailbox!-Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside, Troy, NY

lots and lots of stairs

snowed in castle doors


butt can

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Organic Monoprints

Sunday I began my 2-week residency at the Contemporary Artists Center
at Woodside located in Troy, NY.  It's always interesting to see what 
comes out of uninterrupted art making.

Inspired by a Big Leaf Maple leaf I collected on Northern California's coast
and a resident artist's monoprints.. 
(My apologizes for the poor photographs. I'm anxious to share
my work, but intend to get quality photos at the end.) 

acrylic print on paper

acrylic print on paper (hand painted acrylic red)

acrylic print on paper

Highlighter Yellow is Not Organic
acrylic print on plastic (hand painted fill color)

acrylic print on canvas

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Felted Sheep!

I spent my Sunday afternoon creating a felted sheep in Susi Ryan's (of 
Check out her Facebook page 
to see more about her wool sales, classes and's fantastic!

We worked step by step, starting with a pipe cleaner skeleton before 
adding layer upon layer of wool, to create our flock.

And a group photo...

(mine is farthest to the right)

(Here mine is again standing to the left of the example Susi brought 
with her.)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Fused Glass

8"w x 8"h
fused glass

My glass was fired in the kiln and was taken on it's 
bowl-like shape.

I plan on making time to learn more about this art form in the
next couple months.  The tiling process is very meditative and 
the results are exciting.